About Lura Lauf

my musical background

My first musical experiences were shared with and fostered by my father, Bill Lauf,  who is a wonderful singer/songwriter and tenor guitarist. At seven, I began taking piano lessons and then went on to study music at Syracuse University,  Since graduating in 2000, I have taught piano to hundreds of students of all ages ranging from young children to retired adults.  I have taught at schools, privately and through volunteer work at community centers. Musically, I’ve worked on projects such as composing for video and have been featured on various recordings. I am currently working on my first album of compositions which I hope to complete by 2017.

teaching philosophy

My specialty is teaching beginners of all ages and I have taught private lessons as well as group classes at The Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago and The Wheeler School in Providence.  I believe that music is an inherent part of being human, not something given to a chosen few and my main objective when teaching is to help you reach your musical goals. Having primarily studied classical piano, I believe in the benefits of this thorough approach to music. However, if you have no interest in reading we can work together on what will motivate you. You will learn to play music you love and ultimately gain the knowledge to help you teach yourself for life. A typical lesson incorporates improvisation, rhythm exercises, theory, ear training and games for younger students. There will also be opportunities to share what you've learned through performances during the year. Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions or would like to hear more details about my approach to teaching. I look forward to working with you!

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Private Instruction: 2000-present-Providence, RI; Chicago, IL; Saratoga Springs, NY

Piano Teacher: 2005-2006-The Wheeler School, Providence, RI

Group Instruction: 2004-2005- Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL, group piano instructor for ages 3-9.

EDUCATION

B.A. Music, 2000: Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts

Piano Teachers I've Studied With:                                        

Steven Heyman, Associate Professor/co-chair of Keyboard Dept. at Syracuse U., M.M. from Julliard                  

Anne Chamberlain, Graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and studied at Julliard                                

Howard Rovics, Music Professor at C.W. Post University and Manhattan School of Music